Problem is there's no ocean to take your mind off it.
As the suburbs are suffering to recover from the ravages of 2008 so it goes with the main strip. Yes it's an amazing sight at night when all the fabulous LED displays are burning your eyes but during the day it's a tacky mess.
The traffic light system is like a real life pachenko game but I guess it's built for walking not driving.
I was last there 10 years ago and I have to say that I won't be going there again. You get ripped off at every turn with hidden fees and phony promos... nothing's for free, or even good value, with one notable exception... McDonalds... they're the only ones who keep their prices the same on the strip as they are everywhere else.
All of the others have fallen victim to the celebrity chef mentality and with a giant face of Gordon Ramsay ,or whoever , glowering down at you, they want $25 for a burger and fries ( by the time you count in all the extras.) Pretty soon they'll be charging you for ketchup in these places.
It's clear that the corporate mentality has taken over the place and even though they rake in millions from the gambling, that isn't enough . They want to turn you upside down and shake every single nickel out of you to support all of those empty rooms.
I notice that the latest trick is the "Resort Fee" but in the middle of the desert there ain't no private beach or "all you can eat" buffets and the swimming pools are closed so fot the wuck are they charging for? The slot machines and tables?
With just about every other city in North America offering a casino, the competition to attract the punters is fierce, so what do the geniuses in the executive offices do?
Jack up the prices on just about everything, and where there's no room to jack up the price whack them with a well hidden user fee.
10 years ago you could get a good buffet for around twenty bucks now it's $40, ten years ago all those flash hotels were marvellous ,now they're just kitschy and dated.
Wake up Las Vegas, you've got to give the people some value back other than a cheap room and flight.
You're still making big bucks from the gambling, why not spread some of that money to the other departments instead of having them submitting weekly reports on how much profit they've made.
In the good old days the food , entertainment and booze was just a cost of bringing in the customers. That was because the so called "bad guys" who ran it then felt they made enough from the casino, but now I see all the execs sitting 'round the boardroom table on a Monday morning, frightened of losing their jobs because the food and beverage lost money last week.
Of course Las Vegas doesn't need my opinion, but if only one of the big shots takes notice of this criticism then we might see them bring back some of the value that compensated for the money you lost in the Casino vacuum. But the bottom line is that the winners yell with delight and the losers don't talk about it...... and that's what keeps it going.
Me ? I see it looking like Tombstone if they don't make some radical changes
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